What if - What if you no longer could find your favorite chocolate in your candy store? What if the store informed you they may never get in a new shipment? Imagine the horror, the chaos, the wailing and gnashing of teeth, not to mention your impending foul-mood. And then imagine this scenario happening on a worldwide scale! What can be the problem? What can be the solution? It's up to the brave (?) adventurer Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh and his mishaps from Gum Drop Island to boldly (double ?) go where no one has gone before. Yes, they must enter the realm of the forbidding and humuggity shrouded land called Moldy Corners. The next question, dear listeners, is - can what happens in Moldy Corners affect you?
©2013 Miss Mae (P)2014 Miss Mae
I am an author of 19 titles in a variety of genres.
I love the silly sense of humour, the puns and tongue in cheek ideas, well done!
Reading is a passion and an obsession.
I wanted to read this book as the synopsis intrigued me, but due to time constraints, I opted to download this as an audiobook. I am glad I did, because it was the most entertaining read I have come across so far this year!
The story is narrated by Owen McCuen. I absolutely LOVED his narration! His voice and cadence is wonderful and he made all the characters come alive!
I usually do character breakdowns in my reviews, but I have a little trouble doing this for the main character, who narrates this story in the style of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as she actually didn't have a name. However, we are introduced to several characters including Sir O Yuri Wiseguy-eh and well known journalist, I.B. Nosy.
This story has a fantastical plot, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. There are several references and play on words that would go over a child's head, but adults would pick them up with ease. This is a sweet (literally, as it deals with candy and chocolate) adventure that is so nonsensical and humourous, I found myself highly entertained. The story starts at No Particular Place and ends on Gum Drop Island. Moldy Corners is a strange and magical place, where candy is grown and harvested to be sold around the world. I could almost imagine Willy Wonka visiting Gum Drop Island and Moldy Corners to place an order or two; it would be interesting indeed if he did! I am not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I sat with a smile on my face all the way through the story. The only problem I found with this story is that it was too short! It is only 2 hours and 19 minutes long. However, this length would be ideal for children to listen to a chapter or two at bedtime.
Miss Mae has written a wonderfully imaginative story that will enchant adults and children alike. I love her writing style, which is fast paced enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled, and the flow was wonderful.
I highly recommend this book to children aged 5 upwards and to adults looking for a quick, light read. - Lynn Worton
"Giggles & Groans for All Ages"
MIss Mae, what amazing things go on in that head of yours and thank you for sharing them with all of us. You filled my head with zany and colorful pictures.
Ahoy Gum Drop! states above that it is for children 5-7 but it should include their parents and others who enjoy tongue in cheek and play on words humor. It is a wacky story featuring all types of life forms with very entertaining names. The chapters are short so little ones can listen to one or more at a time and not get bored. It was definitely entertaining when the characters started arguing over when a chapter was to end or begin.
Owen McCuen is amazing at voicing the human and non-human characters. His inflections were a wonderful tribute to snark for young and old. Your vocalizations drew me into the story as a participant and not an outsider.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
"A Modern Alice in Wonderland?"
Those of you who are fans of I.B, Nosey's off-the-wall interviews will be right at home with Miss Mae's highly imaginative Ahoy Gum Drop! Those who aren't, well, here is your chance to experience the inspired lunacy of characters who occupy Gum Drop Island and environs ... a fun ride for the whole family. Now, if you want a nice, neat, linear story, well, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you want a literary carnival ride that takes you places that you can only dream about, then you've found your tome. Follow the protagonist down the rabbit hole into a world of controlled chaos, filled with whacky characters and strange adventures ... it is kinda like Uncle Wiggily meets Baron Von Munchausen ... or maybe Peter Pan meets the Matrix.
Cudos to Mr. McCuen for bringing all the whacky characters to life with an amazing array of voices and dialects. He is an accomplished reader and actor. Good find, there Miss Mae.
A fun ride with a sweet message (in more ways than one) that doesn't take itself too seriously ... plenty of winks and nods to the reader that keep it all in good fun.
"A Wild Adventure that will tickle your funnybone."
I've read the book and now I've heard the audio edition of Ahoy Gum Drop! The book kept me laughing, but the audio brought the characters to life, making me laugh harder. Miss Mae has a witty way with words. I especially like the word "Humugity," a blend of Humid and Muggy, I'd guess.
It's hard to decide on a favorite character. There were so many who entertained me. The vultures, Speck and Spang, were heroes, Also Yuri O' Wiseguy and a couple others. Heathcliff the Possum was a formidable character. Moose's silly remarks and antics made me laugh. Moose's struggle with the Nameless Narrator over a chocolate bar in I.B. Nosey's pocket was hilarious. Then Heathcliff the Possum slips in and steals the chocolate. I could envision the shock on the faces of the other two.
Owen McCuen's performance amazed me. His versatile style gave each character a distinct voice, making me feel as if I were part of the misadventure, on my way to Moldy Corners. I had no trouble diferentiating among the characters because McCuen gave each one his/her own personality. From the higher-pitched Cuddles to the bass voice of Moose.
Hop aboard the Good Ship Sugar Daddy and join the wild misadventures of the crew on their journey to Gum Drop Island.
This book would make an interesting animated film for all ages. The visuals are strong and the quirkly characters keep you glued to the story. The joint efforts of Miss Mae, the author, and Owen McCuen, the narrator,brought this wonderful adventure alive. I hope the author and narrator continue to collaborate on adventure books like this one. Wonderul story! The story whet my appetite for chocolate. As soon as I finished listening to this audio book, I tore through the pantry in search of a chocolate bar. The only thing I could find one mini Milky Way bar. I devoured it then threw away the bag. I received a copy of this audio book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Do you remember when the innocence of childhood was effortless? It was just who you were? We all need to be reminded every now and then, and that's exactly what "Ahoy Gum Drop!" does. Take a break from the world. "Ahoy Gum Drop!" has instantly become a classic which I will share with my hopefully future children. Until then. through the words of Miss Mae, and the soft comforting voice of Owen McCuen I will often visit the enchanted world of No Place in Particular on my own. My ticlke to No Place in Particular was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest unbiased review.
"Carried away by Vivid Mind Pictures"
What if…? This chocoholic was hooked at the onset. Who hasn’t played in a cardboard box ? From Moldy Corners to Gum Drop Island, I loved Miss Mae’s imaginative names. Narrated by the gifted Owen McCuen, I marveled at his distinct vocal characterization, oftentimes surprising. (How do either author or narrator keep characters straight?) I’d laugh, go eeuw out loud, or shake my head at times over the mind pictures conjured by talent. If audible books are your thing, or if you’re ready to try something new, this story is beyond a treat.
Hearing the voices come alive gives a sense of comedy to the reader. You can better understand their personalty.
Being attacked, and the gate opens.
Again being attacked by the birds and the characters tripping over one another was so funny.
This book is great for all ages.
Enjoy this story of the characters on Gum Drop Island! Creatively written by the author, Miss Mae, & amusingly narrated by Owen McCuen, this story will have keep you entertained & waiting to see what happens next on their adventure!
"Quirky, fun adventure"
In this audio version, Owen McCuen does a great job providing unique voices for the characters. So if it had to choose between the print and audio, I would buy the audio version.
Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy, the private detective Heathcliff the Possum, and other wacky characters find the ray of sunshine to save the world’s chocolate supply, but one of my favorite parts was them arguing about where the next chapter will start.
My favorite character was I. B. Nosey, the official unofficial reporter.
Yes, I wanted to listen to it all on one sitting.
I highly recommend this book for young readers and those who are young at heart.
"Entertaining, quirky, funny"
A quirky, fun story, jam packed with humorous scenes and fantastic characters. I loved the imagery and the play on words. This type of story was a complete departure from my usual reading habits but its light hearted appeal means it can be enjoyed by anyone, young and old alike. Younger readers might appreciate the little recap the narrator relates at the beginning of the chapters. The audio version is brilliant. The inhabitants of the island really come to life and it adds an extra layer of enjoyment.
www.audible.co.uk lists this book for ages 5-7 but it is also suitable for older children and the young at heart!
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
"Highly entertaining from start to finish!"
This is an extremely cute and amusing audio listen of the book! Because I am a huge fan of audiobooks and how narrators portrays them. This is the way for the young to the young at heart to listen to this story. This book had me laughing out loud from time to time and smiling all the way thru! Why you ask?
Well, first off this has to be one of the cleverest plots that I have heard in young childrens books. Miss Mae has put together in this short 2 hrs and 19 mins of story in such a way you can not but listen from start to finish! The characters each have their own personalities. Starting the story out as a young girl playing hide and seek with her boy cousins decides a good hiding spot is this large cardboard box. Unknowing to her the boys have a plan and tape her up in the box to ship her off the to Himalayans. However, the postman being drunk sent her off to an entirely different place, No Particular Place fill with the tropics and all those wonderful animals.
One day Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh comes to the island and sees the young girl now all grown up. He invites her to come to Gum Drop Island. However, everytime they say those 3 words - good gracious - music plays. Heading to Gum Drop Island The Narrator (the girl on the island) meets a bevy cast of characters. Each one with their own quirks and cute personalities.
Finding themselves going to Moldy Corners to where all the candy is grown and shipped all over the world. Wondering why a shortage?. Now each time someone ask where they are from or says "Gum Drop Island" the music gets louder and louder. The narrator and all the characters set themselves on a mission to find how they can bring sun back to Moldy Corners to get rid of the mold and get the trees growing candy again and stop that darn awful music. (If it was me producing this audio since the narrator did such an awesome job. I would have added in that music since I have heard music throughout other books - Just saying) Will they find and solve this annoying music? How are the two related?
The Narrator the one actually reading the story, but in the book itself calls herself The Narrator since she has no name. Even though the narration is done by Owen McCuen he entertainingly does every characters voice from the Narrator to Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh to well-known journalist I.B. Nosey. Long ride in the car - pop this in for the kids and they will be laughing all the way! But, make sure that ride is over 2 hrs or you will be sitting in the car till it is done.
The cover is very inviting and makes you wonder if it is I.B. Nosey is the one telling the story. Great job by the author and the narrator! Really can't wait to hear another adventure when it come out!
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